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Stevens High Taken Off Accreditation Probation

Friday, April 24, 2015

Claremont — Dave Putnam remembers the recent dark days for Stevens High School, literally and figuratively. In March 2010, voters defeated, by the narrowest of margins, a $23 million bond to renovate the aging high school and that spring, the state Legislature imposed a moratorium on school building aid that would have paid about 60 percent of the construction costs. Two years later, Stevens was placed on probation with the …

School Notes: Donor Provides Chelsea Elementary With Windfall of Books

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Something in the way Chelsea Elementary School teacher Jessica Cosmo wrote her online request spoke across the miles and the years to Vermont native Susan Bugbee in her adopted Arizona. “We begin each day with our morning meeting,” Cosmo wrote on donorschoose.org, a crowd-sourcing Web site for educators. “We say ‘good morning’ to …

Cornish School Board Votes Down All-Day Kindergarten

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cornish — The School Board Monday night voted against pursuing a full-day kindergarten program for next fall, contradicting townspeople’s 95-48 vote in favor of full-day kindergarten at the annual school district meeting in March. Monday’s 3-2 vote — with the recently elected Justin Ranney and Gregory Clark Jr. voting in favor of the program — was met by some outcry from the crowd …

Bill Aims to Induce School Mergers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The bill being considered by the Vermont Legislature, H. 361, recommends 25 distinct changes to state education law. At least five of the proposed changes are a set of carrots and sticks meant to induce the state’s supervisory …

Upper Valley Lawmakers Hold Key Posts

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Upper Valley is well represented on the 11-member House Education Committee, which passed the consolidation bill on a unanimous vote. Rep. Kevin Christie, D-Hartford, is the ranking member of the committee, while Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, is the committee’s clerk. While the 1,100 student minimum the bill proposes …

Dartmouth To Enforce Liquor Ban

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hanover — Stiff sanctions will soon take effect for students and organizations found in violation of Dartmouth College’s new ban on hard liquor, college officials announced last week. After March 28, undergraduates caught drinking or in possession of alcohol over 30 proof, or 15 percent alcohol, likely will …

On School Consolidation, Vermont Could Learn From Maine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation this session that would create a 1,100-student minimum for the state’s school districts. The proposal is an effort to improve educational offerings and to curb property tax rates that have been rising rapidly throughout the state while student enrollment declines. …

School Notes: Rivendell Principal’s Letter Sparks Response From State

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Given a choice, Keri Gelenian would test the will of the Vermont and federal education agencies rather than put his Rivendell Academy students and staff through another high-stakes standardized exam this spring. Given the nearly $500,000 in federal …

Exploring The Fears Of a Child Abandoned

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Hartford H.S. 2nd Quarter Honors

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ninth Grade Maximum Honors: Brianna Aubrey, Alexandria Bartlett, Kylee Beaucage, Sarah Boulanger, Elise Boyle, Megan Bushway, Michael Churchill, Tyler Eldredge, Malachy Flynn, Grace Furlong, Tyler Hamilton, Benjamin Healy, John MacElman, Zachary Moote, Christian Morais, Steven Neily, Christopher Nulty, Amanda Paccione, Kyle Prior, Michaela Ricker, Emily Royce, Alexander St. …

Local & Regional Briefs: Monday, March 9

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuition Increase of 2.9 % Approved for Dartmouth Hanover — The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees last week approved a 2.9 percent rise in tuition for the 2015-16 academic year, the same increment as between last year and the current year, according to a college news release. The …

For Many, Community College Is the Ticket to a Better Life

Sunday, March 8, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Ashley Andreas moved to Vermont with her boyfriend, whose family lived in the state. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Andreas left Millersville University, near Lancaster, at the end of fall semester 2011. Her …

Cornish Ousts School Board Chair

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cornish — In the midst of a nearly seven-hour school district meeting Saturday during which the School Board chairman defended budget cuts under his leadership, voters ousted him from his seat, electing two first-time candidates in a three-way …